Sports http://nhpr.org en What LeBron James' Upcoming Decision Says About NBA Economics http://nhpr.org/post/what-lebron-james-upcoming-decision-says-about-nba-economics LeBron James, considered by many to be the best player in basketball right now, is deciding where he&#8217;ll play next year, after his contract with the Miami Heat comes to an end.<p><strong>Derek Thompson</strong> joins <a href="https://hereandnow.wbur.org/"><em>Here & Now&#8217;</em></a>s Jeremy Hobson to talk about the economics of the NBA, including player contract negotiations.<p><h4>Guest</h4> <ul> <li><strong><a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/derek-thompson/" target="_blank">Derek Thompson</a></strong>, senior editor for The Atlantic. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 51735 at http://nhpr.org What LeBron James' Upcoming Decision Says About NBA Economics A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top http://nhpr.org/post/golf-prodigy-grows-and-goes-all-way-top Child actors are invariably distinguished by being cute as a button, being naturals at acting and having an aggressive parent. Few of them can sustain their stardom as they grow up. Athletic prodigies, however, often continue succeeding smoothly into adulthood — look no further than LeBron James or Bryce Harper.<p>Since girls mature earlier than boys, many female athletes become very good very early and then stay the course. This goes right on back to Suzanne Lenglen and Sonja Henie, the first famous female athletes of almost a century ago — teenage champions who kept dominating their sports. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Frank Deford 51565 at http://nhpr.org A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock http://nhpr.org/post/time-our-sports-lives-how-europes-games-neglect-clock Why is it that Europeans don't pay as much attention to time in sports as we do?<p>You American novices to soccer, who climbed on the World Cup bandwagon this summer –– you must have been completely baffled by how soccer has a thing called "stoppage time." That means that the game goes on after regulation time is up for an undisclosed period that only the referee knows. <br /> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Frank Deford 51188 at http://nhpr.org The Time Of Our Sports Lives: How Europe's Games Neglect The Clock Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up http://nhpr.org/post/deford-ncaa-says-amateurism-alive-and-well-jig Amateurism is dead, revealed so in the trial against the NCAA now in progress in Oakland, Calif., U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken presiding. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Frank Deford 50802 at http://nhpr.org Deford: NCAA Says Amateurism Is Alive And Well, But The Jig Is Up Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank http://nhpr.org/post/deford-how-host-sports-extravaganza-wont-break-bank You know, it is the 21st century, and it is possible to acknowledge that <em>and</em> make both the World Cup and the Olympics more affordable. The current waste and opulence simply aren't defensible anymore.<p>For the soccer pooh-bahs to demand that Brazil build new stadiums, costing billions of dollars, is unconscionable. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:26:00 +0000 Frank Deford 50408 at http://nhpr.org Deford: How To Host A Sports Extravaganza That Won't Break The Bank Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You http://nhpr.org/post/go-ahead-host-giant-sports-spectacular-it-will-cost-you Wednesday welcomes the year's second global sports extravaganza, as the World Cup begins. Just a few months ago, we worried that terrorists would invade the Russian Olympics. Now we wait to see if riots will tarnish the Brazilian World Cup.<p>The organizations that run the two events are similar, in that they manage to get cities and countries the earth over to do their bidding at exorbitant costs. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Frank Deford 50022 at http://nhpr.org Go Ahead, Host A Giant Sports Spectacular. But It Will Cost You Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It http://nhpr.org/post/will-triple-crown-win-save-horse-racing-dont-bet-it At the start of a movie these days, how often do you read: "Based on a true story?" But if a movie was made about California Chrome, whether or not the horse wins the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, it would read: "Based on a dream."<p>Because the colt — of the most undistinguished heritage, bred by neophytes and trained by a kindly septuagenarian –– well, the whole thing is a ridiculous reverie.<p>California Chrome has been dubbed America's horse, and, for his owners and trainer, the American dream has been regularly invoked. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:39:00 +0000 Frank Deford 49658 at http://nhpr.org Will A Triple Crown Win Save Horse Racing? Don't Bet On It Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too http://nhpr.org/post/dont-overlook-unsung-umpire-referees-can-be-pretty-too Not so long ago, while enjoying a libation in a decorous saloon, the proprietor — who happened to hail from the fabled Windy City — suddenly jarred the genteel assembled by turning on the Cubs game. Just at that moment, a Cubby was heading toward the plate when the throw came in, and the runner (spoiler alert!), being a Cub, was tagged out.<p>Visualize the tableau: The runner. The catcher. But also a third figure: the umpire. And see him now: feet spread well apart, solidly grounded, mask off in his left hand, and his right arm flies up, thumb to the heavens. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Frank Deford 49274 at http://nhpr.org Don't Overlook The Unsung Umpire; Referees Can Be Pretty, Too In Wake Of Beloved Coach's Death, A N.H. Lacrosse Team Struggles To Move On http://nhpr.org/post/wake-beloved-coachs-death-nh-lacrosse-team-struggles-move <p>We live in an age where Donald Sterlings and Lance Armstrongs often cloud the benefits of sports in the public eye. Alleged abuser and former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice <a href="http://blacksportsonline.com/home/2014/02/ex-rutgers-hc-mike-rice-could-receive-more-lawsuits/">gets ample coverage</a>, while the dedicated, supportive coach usually goes unnoticed.</p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Austin Cowan 49306 at http://nhpr.org In Wake Of Beloved Coach's Death, A N.H. Lacrosse Team Struggles To Move On Don't Judge Exceptional Players By The Company They Keep http://nhpr.org/post/dont-judge-exceptional-players-company-they-keep Ty Cobb, miserable human being that he was, is still considered the greatest American athlete of his era. But did you know the Georgia Peach never played on a championship team? Still, when the first Baseball Hall of Fame elections were held, he got the most votes –– even more than Babe Ruth.<p>Ted Williams was never a champion, either. Wed, 21 May 2014 07:17:00 +0000 Frank Deford 48861 at http://nhpr.org Don't Judge Exceptional Players By The Company They Keep The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet) http://nhpr.org/post/olympics-modern-day-worlds-fair-and-money-magnet Because it's the 50th anniversary, there's been a wave of nostalgia for the last New York World's Fair. It made me wonder: Whatever happened to World's Fairs?<p>Well, it turns out that they still exist. In fact, you, too, can go to a certified World's Fair next year in Milan, where the fun theme is "Feeding the planet, energy for life" — real cotton candy stuff that helps explain why World's Fairs are not so popular anymore.<p>I bring this up because I always thought that World's Fairs and the Olympics were sort of global first cousins, but what a contrast! Wed, 14 May 2014 07:47:00 +0000 Frank Deford 48450 at http://nhpr.org The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet) Draft Season: All-American, Twisted And Downright Infectious http://nhpr.org/post/draft-season-all-american-twisted-and-downright-infectious For those of you who haven't been paying attention, there is now a fifth season in major American team sports to go along with baseball, football, basketball and ice hockey. Well, it's sort of an adjunct season, but it's very real and is passionately followed by die-hard fans. It is the draft season, which begins tomorrow with the NFL and extends through late June, when the NHL holds its draft. Wed, 07 May 2014 07:37:00 +0000 Frank Deford 48042 at http://nhpr.org Draft Season: All-American, Twisted And Downright Infectious Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New http://nhpr.org/post/bad-behavior-sports-franchise-owner-thats-not-new Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA after he made racist comments.<p>Sports bans aren't new.<p>In 1990, New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was banned from day-to-day management of the club by Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent.<p>Steinbrenner was reinstated in 1993.<p>Sterling is 80. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Frank Deford 47644 at http://nhpr.org Bad Behavior From A Sports Franchise Owner? That's Not New Two UNH Women's Hockey Players Transfer In Wake Of Coach's Firing http://nhpr.org/post/two-unh-womens-hockey-players-transfer-wake-coachs-firing <p><span style="line-height: 1.2em;">University of New Hampshire women’s hockey players Megan Armstrong and Alexis&nbsp;</span>Crossley<span style="line-height: 1.2em;">&nbsp;will transfer from Durham in the wake of the firing of their former head coach, Brian&nbsp;</span>McCloskey<span style="line-height: 1.2em;">.</span></p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 15:23:58 +0000 Max Sullivan 47577 at http://nhpr.org Two UNH Women's Hockey Players Transfer In Wake Of Coach's Firing Sports Reporting: The Way It Was ... And Is http://nhpr.org/post/sports-reporting-way-it-was-and When I was a young, cocksure lad in this business, one thing I hated was for anyone in the Old Guard to preface an observation about sports by saying, "It used to be ... "<p>Invariably, the point was that it used to be better.<p>I promised myself that I'd never become a "used-to-be" guy. But for the benefit of today's young, cocksure lads in the business, here I go:<p>It used to be that people always asked me if athletes weren't making too much money. Nobody ever asks me that anymore. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:36:00 +0000 Frank Deford 47231 at http://nhpr.org Sports Reporting: The Way It Was ... And Is